As I walked up to Gramercy Theater Friday night, there was already a line wrapped around the corner 30 minutes before doors – I guess the fact that it was Friday the 13th didn’t stop anyone from coming out to enjoy some live music. While in line, fans pulled out their phones and documented the marquee outside the theater that read ATLAS GENUIS TONIGHT.
The Aussie alt-rock band just recently released their first song in 2 years and built the 63 Days of Love Tour around it. Lead vocalist, Keith Jeffery, explains that “63 Days” is the band’s most personal song yet. It’s a song about a time he broke someone’s heart and not being able to forgive himself for it.
This intimate song grew into something greater when Keith and his brother Mike started to relate the song to how much pain there is in the world right now. “The things that tear two people apart are the very same things that can cause a rupture throughout the world,” Keith explains in a video that the two brothers posted on their website about the 63 Days of Love project.
Their mission with the 63 Days of love project is to get people to connect with their loved ones as well as total strangers, to help out anyone in need, to get involved with charitable organizations and to reach out to those in need of some support.
That night at Gramercy Theater, the audience was full of love for the band and, seemingly, for each other. Going to a concert in recent times can be fearful for people in light of recent events but it was so uplifting to see a band spreading a message of encouragement and joy to a crowd that was accepting their message loud and clear.
Though parts of the night were emotional as they performed “63 Days” and the crowd sang back, the rest of the night was fun and dance-y as the band played songs off their 2015 album, Inanimate Objects including hits “Trojans” and “Molecules.” They even threw in an Atlas Genius-ified cover of Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” during their encore that got everyone excited.
As their tour comes to and end at the end of the month, I look forward to hearing what other surprises Atlas Genius has in store for us.
– The City We Grow
– All These Girls
– Where I Belong
– 63 Days
– Back Seat
– When It Was Now
– If So
– You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) – Dead or Alive cover
– The Stone Mill
Article: Merissa Blitz